Coronavirus latest: Record counts in Texas and Nevada push US case load back above 60,000

US reports more than 60,000 new cases for fifth day in a week

Peter Wells in New York and Emma Boyde in Hong Kong

The US reported its fifth one-day increase of more than 60,000 coronavirus cases in the space of a week on Tuesday, led by Texas, which reported a record 10,754 new infections.

A further 736 people were reported to have died, according to Covid Tracking Project data, more than double the 327 on Monday. Florida (133), North Carolina (42), Alabama (40), Nevada (19), Utah (10) and Hawaii (3) all had record one-day increases in fatalities.

“The recent rise in deaths is not equally distributed across the US. Where cases have risen most rapidly, deaths have followed suit,” Covid Tracking Project researchers said on Twitter.

A further 62,879 people tested positive for the disease over the past 24 hours, according to Covid Tracking Project data, from 58,465 on Monday. That is the third-biggest jump on record and the fifth time the daily increase has topped 60,000 since first crossing the mark on Jul 8.

After Texas, the states with the biggest jump in new cases were Florida (9,194) and California (7,346), which were lower than recent records.

Of the 13 states to report increases of more than 1,000 cases, only Texas and Nevada (1,104) had record jumps, according to Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data. The only other state with a record increase was Oklahoma (993).